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 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    March 21, 2019

CHS Basketball Coach Under Fire for Criticism

Solicitor Jennifer Dambeck at Monday’s night’s Spring Cove School board meeting announced a motion on the agenda to terminate a non-professional employee of the district would be tabled, as that employee has requested a school board hearing. The...

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Hoaxes and Trump Derangement Syndrome

Fake hate crimes, committed by fake Trump supporters, began to roll in as soon as the election results were in. And they haven't stopped. On Nov. 10, 2016, a Muslim University of Louisiana student...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

FLY GIRLS By Keith O'Brien Between the World Wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Thanks to God’s guidance, this is the 45th year for our canning project. Though God’s grace and the love shown by so many people in central Pennsylvania, we still help to feed those who are hungry. We canned 34,000 pounds of...

 

CHS Mock Trial Team Again Vying for Pa. Title

Central High School is one of 14 high schools advancing to the 36th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30,...

 

NBC School Board Hears Student Parking Fee Proposals

The school board members of Northern Bedford School District discussed many issues at their March 12 meeting. Ariel Reed, a senior at Northern Bedford, presented a proposal to the school board in relation to the parking permit fees. Reed had...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I agree with comments such as those made by Mr. William J. Kirsch of Roaring Spring in the March 14th edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald concerning the need for the United States of America to take control of its southern border....

 

RANDALL GENE WEITZEL

Randall Gene Weitzel, 68, of Bedford, died on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 16, at New...

 

FILOMENA M. SMITH

Filomena M. Smith, 91, a resident at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, formerly a resident at Graystone Court, Roaring Spring, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Friday evening, March...

 

ETHEL S. MUSSELMAN

Ethel S. Musselman, 100, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at home. A funeral was held on Monday, March 18, at the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg RR. Pastor David...

 

MARILYN KAY DOLBIN

Marilyn K. Dolbin, 71, of Roaring Spring, passed away on Monday evening, March 11, 2019, at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 16, at John K. Bolger...

 

DON SNYDER

Don Snyder, 94, of East Freedom, passed away on Thursday evening, March 7, 2019, at the James E. Van Zandt Medical Center, Altoona. A funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. Pastor Lawrence Martin will officiate. Interment will be... Full story

 

South Hills to Host Open House April 3

South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus will host a spring open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. Potential students and guests are invited to enjoy a line-up of ongoing demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on...

 

DARYL JOAN RUNK

Daryl Joan "Diddy" Runk, 63, of Six Mile Run, Bedford County, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center, Windber. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the hour of servic...

 

JOEL MICHAEL SHULTZ

Joel Michael Shultz, 74, of Williamsburg, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019, at his home, following a lengthy illness. At the request of the deceased there will be no public service. Private interment will be held at Royer Cemetery,...

 

M-burg Police Warn of Counterfeit Bills

The Martinsburg Police Department is alerting the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills – featuring Chinese writing on the front and back – that are circulating the area. Chief of...

 

State Offering Wildfire Fighting Grants

The Gov. Tom Wolf Administration announced March 12 that funding is now available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities increase protections from wildfires. Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s grant website by 4...

 

Arts Scholarship Offered

The Altoona Community Theatre (ACT) Board of Directors has announced the Steven C. Helsel Legacy Scholarship. It will be awarded in 2019 for the first time to a high school senior who has been involved with ACT. This award recognizes Helsel’s legac...

 

Other Voices

Author’s Note: On Thursday, March 14, I joined a bipartisan majority in the United States Senate in voting to terminate the president's national emergency declaration. I explained my thinking on the vote in this op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 21, 2019

First Assistant DA Pete Weeks Describes Drug Crisis

Operation Our Town was the focus of the 54th meeting of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club meeting held at the Casino at Lakemont Park on Thursday morning, March 14. Operation Our...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 21, 2019

Woodbury Man Jailed on Drug Charges After Search

A Woodbury man is in jail after being found with various drugs and drug paraphernalia at the Turkey Hill in Roaring Spring. Roaring Spring police were called to the Turkey Hill on the night of March...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 21, 2019

Probation Check Leads to Arrest of Freedom Twp. Man

A probation check on a Freedom Township man led to the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Dustin Scott Hallet, 24, was arrested after agents from Blair County Adult Probation and Parole...

 

Support for CHS Swimmers

Jackson Jeffries (left) and Christopher Bush (right) of Central High School swam at the PIAA Swimming Championships held March 13-16 at Bucknell University. Even though they did not receive any...

 

Wrestlers Place at Regionals

Dragon wrestlers competed on March 10 at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Championships Area II Tournament at Philipsburg. The top two in each age group and weight class advanced to the PJW...

 

UPJ Wrestler Fourth in D-II

Brock Biddle, a redshirt freshman at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, placed fourth at 184 pounds at the 2019 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 9, at the...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 21, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

By the end of the first week of March, I had a terrible case of the "shack nasties." The miserable weather had marooned me for weeks. Any little thing set me off into a paroxysm of screaming. I was...

 

Hunters Take 374,690 Deer During '18-19

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported on Tuesday, March 19. The 2018-19...

 

Task Force Conducts DUI Roving Patrol

On Friday, March 15, 2019, officers of the Blair DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI roving patrol. The following results are from the detail: • 58 individual contacts • 44 citations or warnings issued for...

 

Panther Caps Career

Northern Bedford High School senior Austin Mowry competed in the 170-pound weight class at the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships held March 7-9 at Hershey's Giant Center. Mowry won one of his...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

The turtle was huge. To the little boys that came with their mothers to help knot comforters last week, the 2-foot-long, brown reptile looked quite frightening. But being shown that it was lifeless...

 

Work Resumes on Route 22/36 Project

Prime contractor Cottles Asphalt Maintenance Inc., Everett, resumed work on Monday, March 18, on the Route 22/36 intersection improvement project in Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair County. Overall work on the project consists of improvements at the...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip –he who watches over you will not slumber; in...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul has been stoned to death in Lystra. Is that the "wind-up" of the story? No. He rises from the pile of stones that killed him and goes right back into the city. Now, it is easy to wonder why he wa...

 

Water Driller, CEO to Speak March 24 at Martinsburg Church

The community is invited to hear Jim Hocking, founder and CEO of Water for Good, a water-drilling ministry in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Sunday, March 24, at Martinsburg Grace Brethren...

 

Birth Announcement

Brandon and Abigail (Ott) McClain of New Enterprise are the parents of a son, Keegan Patrick, who was born at 12:24 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring....

 

Charlie Brown Characters Come to Life

Northern Bedford High School performed a spectacular rendition of "Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown" March 14-16. If you missed this event you missed a very entertaining evening. Each character was...

 

Claysburg Plans Summer STEM, Arts Program

The Claysburg Education Foundation has announced a 12-day “STEM and the Arts 2019 Program” for students. The times and dates will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10-13, July 15-18 and July 29-31 and Aug. 1 at Claysburg-Kimmel High School. This...

 

Evening Tech Classes To Be Taught at C-K

The Claysburg Education Foundation has announced evening technology classes for students in Grades 9-12 and adults will be taught at Claysburg-Kimmel High School as a means of helping them to become more proficient in the use of computers. Classes...

 

United Way Introduces Raising Readers Program

United Way of Blair County and program sponsor, McQuaide Blasko Attorneys-at-Law want all kids in Blair County to enter school with the skills they need to experience success as they progress through graduation and beyond. This is why they are...

 

Blair Dairy Promotion Seeks Dairy Promoters

The Blair County Dairy Promotion Committee is seeking individuals between the ages of 9 and 24 with an interest in promoting the dairy industry. Girls ages 9 to 11 will serve as Dairy Misses, girls ages 12 to 16 will be Dairy Maids, boys ages 9 to...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

What is one of your favorite meals of the day? One of the most important, doctors tell us, is breakfast and that happens to be one of my favorite meals of the day. Who doesn’t love getting up on the weekends and going to one of the many Cove...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 21, 2019

Farm Show Announces Events

The Williamsburg Community Farm Show will be holding its annual benefit auction at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30. This auction will feature new and good used items. There will also be gift certificates and items from celebrities to bid on. Donations are...

 

Pa. 'Safeguards' 35 Farms; 3,333 Acres in Feb.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board’s first meeting of 2019 set a tone for success throughout the coming year, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. The board on Feb. 21 preserved 35 farms covering 3,333 acres across 19...

 
 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 21, 2019

Pa. Ag Sec'y Discusses Hemp at Hearing

Industrial hemp, the opioid crisis and the future of the Farm Show Complex were among the disparate issues Pennsylvania lawmakers recently discussed with the head of the commonwealth’s Department of Agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Russell...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

With our ever-changing weather, people say, “I’d rather live someplace sunny and warm.” I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg – If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Polly Smith: Williamsburg – I feel...

 

Fight to CAN Hunger Benefits Food Banks

The 10th annual Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger food drive began on Feb. 1 and ran through National Engineer's Week; Feb. 17-23. This is a local competition in which engineering firms in Blair County...

 

Nominees Sought for Leopold Conservation Award

Know a Pennsylvania farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award. Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for...

 

Duncansville Plans for Community Days

At its regular monthly meeting on March 4, the Duncansville Community Days Committee made official the entertainment and activities schedule for this year’s event. The dates will be Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, at the Memorial Park...

 

Young Dairy Farmer Discusses Lab-Grown Meat with Experts

Tony Rice, a senior agribusiness management student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, studied “meat” made in the lab and not from animals, and grew increasingly committed to understanding its potential to enhance agricultural...

 

Road Work Set For Today Along Newry Lane

PennDOT has announced that the Blair County Maintenance crew will close Route 2012 (Newry Lane) at the intersection of Cedarcrest Drive for one day today, Thursday, March 21, in Blair Township, Blair County. Today the crew will close the roadway...

 

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